The no-gift Christmas

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Have you ever considered skipping Christmas gifts?

Read why one family decided to do without gifts at Christmas … and how they were surprised by joy in their absence!

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Two years ago, we made a decision to skip Christmas gifts. My kids were 11, 12, and 21 at the time, and while I’d like to say that this idea was part of some altruistic, do-gooder decision that we made as a family, the truth is we came to the realization that our kids quite simply had too much stuff.

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    A season of gratitude and giving

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    A holiday message from author Debbie Macomber: see the top five Macomber family traditions that help make sure that Christ is the focal point of their Christmas!

    What are your Christmas family traditions?

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    Is that the sound of Christmas music I’m hearing? ‘Tis the season for sure with Thanksgiving right around the corner—a season of gratitude. As G. K. Chesterton reminds us, “Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.”

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      Meet Nasaa, Mongolia’s dream facilitator

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      12-year-old Dulamsuren in Mongolia is one of the cover girls for our Gift Catalog this Christmas!

      Today, meet the World Vision staffer who first discovered Dulamsuren's family in their time of need, and with a gift of 20 sheep set them on the path to achieving their dreams.

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      You notice it right away when you see Nasaa and Dulamsuren together.

      The two have chemistry; much like a younger and older sister trading secrets, or a protégé and a coach, or an older best friend who’s showing you how to get through life.

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        Day 24: Christmas video greetings

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        Video greetings this Christmas Eve from two of our favorite musicians …

        Our friends and partners Mike from Big Daddy Weave, and Israel Houghton!

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        "Peace on earth" is not a set of circumstances, but God himself. –Mike Weaver, Big Daddy Weave

         

        "We absolutely believe that the best is yet to come in 2015." –Israel Houghton

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          Day 21: The fourth Sunday of Advent

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          "This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son." –1 John 4:10 (NIV)

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          Day 21: The fourth Sunday of Advent | World Vision Blog


          Christmas is the season of giving! Jesus gave His life for us and we are called to serve His people. Join World Vision today: learn how you can serve others at our Ways To Give page.

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            Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision

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            This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.

            In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!

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            Around the world, the need is great: close to 400 million children under the age of 13 live in extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. That’s more than the entire population of the United States. And right here in the U.S., extreme poverty has hit a new high: recent studies show that more than 1.6 million households with children are living on less than $2 per person, per day.

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                Day 12: Top five Christmas gifts that give back

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                Finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family can be a difficult task.

                But with these five popular items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, you can bring meaningful help and hope to children, families, and entire communities struggling with poverty, while honoring someone special in your life!

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                The World Vision Gift Catalog offers hundreds of ways to reflect the spirit of the Christmas season — a time of year during which we celebrate the eternal light and hope brought about by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

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                  Day 11: Melisa, a sponsored child with a special spark

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                  Melisa in Guatemala is 12 and the second oldest of 6. She loves being a big sister and helping her family: walking her siblings to school each morning and feeding the animals her family has received from World Vision.

                  That's why she's so grateful for World Vision's support – to watch her family grow with the nourishment from farm animals and for them to attend better schools and have the supplies they need!

                  Read about how she is a growing light for her brothers and sisters, and her whole community!

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                  There’s something special about Melisa. All children are special, but Melisa has this spark you can’t help but notice.

                  She is unusually articulate for a 12-year-old, a loving older sister, and compassionately aware of the people in her community and the challenges they face. She is instantly likeable, but not because she is putting on a show. She is quietly confident, with a shy-but-warm smile.

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                    Day 7: The second Sunday of Advent

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                    "God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with." ~Billy Graham

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                    The second Sunday of Advent | World Vision Blog

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